Spiced Chia Applesauce

Thick, chunky applesauce that’s sweetened with fruit only and thickened with chia seeds. Add dates for extra sweetness or simply keep it as is. Eat it as a snack or dessert on its own or add in oatmeal, parfaits or desserts!

prep time

10 minutes

cook time

15 minutes

servings

4
Chia Applesauce from the side

Spiced chia applesauce that’s sweetened with fruit and thickened with chia seeds. Add dates for extra sweetness or keep it simple. Perfect for a snack or as part of apple crumble bars.

spiced chia applesauce in a measuring cup from the side

My fridge is currently full of applesauce from the many batches I tested over the weekend. I have to say, it was a good way to use up my 20lbs bag of apples – If you’re looking for more sugar-free apple recipes, I also love my sugar-free apple crisp and healthy caramel apple slices.

Like I said, I tried a few versions of this recipe over the weekend. First, I tried it sweetened with a few chopped Medjool dates. The dates soften when cooked with the apples, which makes them blend perfectly in the sauce. No chunks of dates, just a perfectly sweet chia applesauce. I then tried a version without the dates, which turned out great as well. Make it without the dates if you prefer a lightly sweet applesauce. I find that dates take this sauce to the next level. As for the spices, I tried a few variations as well. First, I tried it with a touch of cinnamon only. It was good, but then I tried it with pumpkin spice (!!!). That one was a winner! I like to add half pumpkin spice and half cinnamon. This way, the cinnamon is dominant, but you still get a touch of nutmeg, allspice, ginger and clove. I didn’t add much, but feel free to play with the spices. Add more or less to taste!

I used this recipe for homemade pumpkin spice, but you can certainly use store-bought.

apples in a measuring cup from the side
peeled apple
How to Make Homemade Chia Applesauce:

To make the sauce, all you need to do is add your peeled, diced apples in a small saucepan, along with water, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla. I bring the mixture to a boil, then stir in the chia seeds and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, the chia seeds should have absorbed the liquid and the sauce should be thick and chunky. Use a fork to mash some of the apples, leaving some chunks if preferred.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Eat this chia applesauce on its own as a snack or dessert or add it to oatmeal, parfaits, desserts and more… I highly recommend making a batch to use in these apple crumble bars.

And with that, I’ll leave you to the recipe. Enjoy!

applesauce closeup

Spiced Chia Applesauce

Thick, chunky applesauce that’s sweetened with fruit only and thickened with chia seeds. Add dates for extra sweetness or simply keep it as is. Eat it as a snack or dessert on its own or add in oatmeal, parfaits or desserts!
Course Snack
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples, peeled and diced
  • 3 Medjool dates, chopped (optional)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

Instructions

  • Peel and dice your apples in 1 inch cubes.
  • Add all your ingredients (except the chia seeds) in a small saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to low. Stir in your chia seeds and let simmer, covered for 15 minutes, stirring a few times. The chia seeds should absorb the liquid and thicken the sauce.
  • Mash the apples with a fork, leaving some chunks if desired.

Notes

Start with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and add more to taste. Use 1 teaspoon or more if you love a strong cinnamon taste.
I used Cortland apples.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
This recipe makes approximately 2 cups.

If you make this spiced chia applesauce, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


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Comments

4 responses to “Spiced Chia Applesauce”

  1. deb Avatar
    deb

    Why bother to peel? The skin is highly nutritious, adds color, & softens when cooked !

    1. Unsweetened Caroline Avatar

      You don’t need to if you don’t want to! I often make it without peeling them too. Peeling simply results in a smoother sauce.

  2. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    I had a big lunch, earlier, so was inspired to cook up a warm treat with one of my winter stored Ambrosia apples. I buy several bags in the Fall when prices are low just after harvest.
    I just found your yummy recipe for Spicey Apples, and my kitchen smells so lovely as it simmered.
    Wish I had some fresh whipping to put in too, but dairy and sugar free eating feels so very light and lovely a way to move into this new year. Healthy Foods. Healthy Happy man’s, Healthy Planet, eh.

    1. Nourished by Caroline Avatar

      Thank you Jan! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the recipe. The lovely fall smell is another benefit of the recipe. 🙂

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